Hogan extends order blocking utility shutoffs in Maryland

Utility providers are barred from shutting off service or charging late fees in Maryland until at least Sept. 1 under an extension of an executive order issued Friday by Gov. Larry Hogan. Hogan issued the original version of the order in March amid the first wave of layoffs and business shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic. (WTOP)

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Gov. Hogan Criticizes Montgomery County Private School Order

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Saturday criticized an order by the health officer for the state’s most populous county that requires private schools to remain closed for in-person instruction through Oct. 1 and to conduct online-only classes due to the coronavirus. Hogan wrote on Twitter that he “strongly” disagreed with the decision taken in Montgomery County, a suburb of the nation’s capital. (WBAL)

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Prince George’s Co. offers $2M to daycare centers as many struggle amid pandemic

Almost half of the licensed daycare providers in Prince George’s County, Maryland, were forced to close their doors since the pandemic began. Now, as a child care crisis looms, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is offering $2 million in grant money for daycares. “It is our hope that these funds will help these facilities to open, remain open and provide safe and reliable childcare for all of our families,” Alsobrooks said at a press conference. (WTOP)

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Anne Arundel County To Hire Unemployed Residents As Part Of Operation COVID-19 Health Corps

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced a new plan on Wednesday to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It’s an initiative called Operation COVID Health Corps to increase contact tracing, conduct more testing, report results sooner, handle high call demand, solve interagency issues related to COVID cases- all in an effort to keep the county open. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore’s Republican mayoral nominee makes exaggerated claims on her resume

Shannon Wright, the Republican Party nominee for mayor of Baltimore, says she played a major role in a litigation aimed at desegregating the city of Yonkers, New York, just north of the Bronx, years ago. On her personal website, Wright calls herself “one of the lead negotiators” in the landmark Yonkers case. (Brew)

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Former state corruption investigator requests probe into Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby’s financial filings

The state’s former lead public corruption official has asked Maryland’s State Prosecutor to investigate Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s financial records after she did not initially disclose three of her companies in a 2019 ethics statement. James Cabezas, who served as the state’s chief investigator of public corruption for three decades, wrote in an email that he filed a complaint with State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III, asking him to look into the matter further. (Balt Sun)

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County Executive urges residents to ask for mail-in ballots now, no need to wait for state to send request form

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is urging residents to request mail-in ballots now and will invest $2 million to address a drop in child care availability caused by the pandemic, as county officials keep an eye on an increase in hospitalizations and new cases of coronavirus. County Health Officer Ernest Carter said they have been seeing the number of new COVID cases in the county increase since July 4. (Balt Sun)

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Trump’s pitch to delay election is ‘absurd,’ suggests he could try to hold job if he loses, Maryland Dems say

President Donald Trump’s pitch to delay the Nov. 3 presidential election “reeks of desperation” and is an ill-conceived attempt to smear the sort of mail-in voting that Maryland employed in its June primary, Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation said Thursday. Trump should “cease his attempts to delegitimize mailed ballots and stop sowing discord over the integrity of our elections,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat. (Balt Sun)

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